Firing up the grill this weekend means you might make one, or all of these mistakes most people do when grilling.

According to, here are five things to remember that might help you out this weekend so you don't make any mistakes:

  1. Don't use too much lighter fluid.  Put newspaper under the charcoal, and use that to get them started, or if you have to use it, let the charcoal burn for about 30 minutes to burn it off.  Otherwise, your food might end up tasting like lighter fluid.
  2. Make sure the grill is super hot, especially for steak.  You want it to sear the outside.  If you slow-cook steaks with the lid down, you basically end up steaming them, and they will turn out dry.
  3. Don't use direct heat all the time.  Once they're seared on the outside, move them to the edge of the grill, so they don't get burnt.
  4. Don't move the meat around too much.  Let it sit for about four minutes after you put it on, and don't poke it or push down on it with tongs, because it makes all the juices leak out.
  5. Don't cook too many things at once.  If you cook two types of meat at the same time, the flavors end up transferring, and if the entire grill is full, you won't be able to move things to the edge of the grill when you need to.

There are some reminders for this weekend's grilling activities and don't forget to remember to honor our troops currently fighting and those fallen soldiers who died fighting for our freedoms at some point this Memorial Day weekend.



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